What to expect: While it’s almost impossible to enter a place like Cologne's Pascha or Amsterdam's De Wallen without everyone knowing what you’re up to, Hamburg’s red light district, Reeperbahn, is a huge nightlife area with great bars, restaurants, theaters, and clubs. You know, in addition to your standard sex shops, sex museums, erotic theaters, and strip clubs.
Sex work's only available at certain times of the day and is limited to one street, Herbertstraße; it's actually partitioned off by a wall so as not to offend minors and demure ladies. In Hamburg, strip clubs have overtaken prostitution in terms of popularity and there are fewer than 400 working women currently employed on Herbertstraße, down 50% from a decade ago. The more you know...
What it'll cost: Most strip clubs charge around a $33 (€30) cover, and the ones that don’t will make up for it with $22 (€20) drinks. For some alone time with a lady of the night, it’s the European standard (but negotiable), $55 (€50) for 15 minutes. Erotic massage parlors will cost you around $55-$165 (€50-€150) an hour.
Be warned: Be careful if you're asked to buy a stripper a glass of orange juice (orangensaft). The "orange juice" is actually an offer for the woman to sit down with you, usually at a cost of between $22-$44 (€20-€40).
Did you know: The area was made famous by, none other than The Beatles, who earned their musical stripes playing in Reeperbahn music clubs early in their career. Their impact on the area is commemorated with a Beatles Square.